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Marcoola business owners Kev Blacklaw and Jay Pashley want the council to beautify their local area.
Marcoola business owners Kev Blacklaw and Jay Pashley want the council to beautify their local area.

The Marcoola business community says it has been neglected and wants the Sunshine Coast council and the state government to take notice.

And, with their divisional councillor declaring yesterday that the blame game between the main roads department and council had gone on for too long, there is some hope that Marcoola traders may finally get some traction.

North Shore Traders Association spokesman Kevin Blacklaw said traders want the area beautified with shade trees and more parking. Above all they want signs at the airport and from the motorway acknowledging its existence.

They are also keen to see traffic speeds reduced to improve the area’s amenity so that it becomes a destination rather than a road on the way to somewhere else.

Councillor Debbie Blumel said there had been a long history of inaction of which she did not want to have any part.

“I’ve been talking to main roads minister Warren Pitt and want to set up a working group to resolve the issues and show some political will,” Ms Blumel said.

She said with the Maroochy North Shore planning review due to start, now was the right time to be addressing the community’s concerns.

The review would take in the entire area from the Maroochy River north to Mount Coolum and from the Sunshine Motorway to the ocean.

“I know already that people living on the Maroochy North Shore will want to protect and enhance the village clusters of Pacific Paradise, Twin Waters, Mudjimba, Marcoola, Town of Seaside, Mt Coolum Shores and Mt Coolum,” Ms Blumel said.

Mr Blacklaw said business owners were sick of being ignored.

“It is disappointing the period of time we have been trying to get things to happen,” he said.

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